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(Oct. 10) -- With little fanfare other than a post on Google's official blog, the search engine giant announced that it has been testing robotic cars on U.S. city streets, apparently without anybody noticing. Describing it as a "first in robotics research," Google says the self-driving cars -- modified Prius vehicles -- have already traveled more than 140,000 miles.
The cars operated autonomously as they navigated their way down roads and highways, but a driver able to take over control was in the vehicle at all times as a safety precaution. The vehicles were equipped with a complex array of sensors and cameras that allowed them to "see" and steer around obstacles, including other cars on the road.
Originally posted by ugie1028
I just think its cool as hell that they are able to do it at all. Just imagine if the car experiences lag... OOPS TREE!
Originally posted by badw0lf
reply to post by GobbledokTChipeater
Em actually surprised this is not more common. I mean the virtual physics of some games these days is so realistic that you could have a person sitting in front of a keyboard with a mouse ( refuse to entertain consoles based devices!!!) and it would easily translate to a real world environment.
They alrady have rc drones with the distances involved to operate such tech.. and with wireless/gsm etc or whatever it is nowadays, I cannot see why not.
The only thing I don't get here is whats the point of driving car wround the place, because generally people are in cars to travels places??
Ambulances need medics, fire trucks need fire crews, couriers need someone to talk to the client etc...
It's a bit moot really??
However the tech has very valid merit imo...necessity is not always the mother of invention!!
Originally posted by harrytuttle
I'm actually surprised that the Department of Transportation hasn't sent them a cease & desist letter. This is completely illegal - public streets are not where Corporations are supposed to be conducting research and development of unapproved and unproven autonomous driving systems.
As part of the project, Google apparently put together a dream team of robotics researchers drawing from participants in a Pentagon-sponsored robot road race conducted in 2007. That competition, part of a series of robot races called the Grand Challenge, was sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and involved driving unmanned cars across an urban-style course in Victorville, Calif.
Although Google says it coordinated its robotic cars with local police, no previous public mention has been made of the plan. Google, in the meantime is not revealing what it's next step will be for the robotic vehicles.
Originally posted by leira7
people didn't notice robots were driving the cars because holograms were being used to depict drivers in the seats, that is part of the report that Google will not share with you. Super tinted windows would be an option, until you consider the windshield, that can't be tented, trust me, if someone was driving in front of one of these vehicles, they would notice.
Hologram projections of people were being used to pass as real drivers.edit on 10-10-2010 by leira7 because: sp